Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Introducing the experts…Sam James

We will be introducing a range of different experts from WIFE throughout WI Sports Week so make sure you check back in regularly to hear more…

What do you do? 
I am an L3 Exercise & Disability specialist and I work in both the gym and group exercise environment. I present, talk and train others in disability fitness, and I teach disabled children and adults Zumba and Clubbercise.  All of my classes are open to everyone and are fully inclusive.

Why did you get involved? 
I cracked a bone in my shoulder joint and went through a year of rehabilitation to get it back to where it is today. I had a lot of physio and hydrotherapy, but it was when I worked with my friend who is a personal trainer in the gym that I saw the biggest improvement! He encouraged me to train and told me about the qualifications I would need, and advised that I should work with disabled people. I started researching and the first thing that came up was instructability.  Even though it sounded too good to be true, I applied and got on to the course to train to be a gym instructor.  Now in less than two years, I am lead instructor on the sessions I did my work placement on for the course.

Why is sport and exercise important to me?
Sport and exercise is so important because it breaks down all the barriers that normal life brings us: there is no right or wrong.  It doesn't matter if you’re doing your own thing as long as you’re moving.


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